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Old 02-14-2008, 09:49 PM   #1
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Last year I asked here for info about blogs and received enough to really keep me busy and to get something going. I wound up with WordPress and Joomla and was really able to get into it. Thanks to all!

Now I am looking for an inexpensive application (i.e. something that works on a SS retirement budget) that will let me combine stills with video and let me add a music soundtrack. I saw something really nice on a Mac a couple years ago but the guy who had it has since moved away.

I want the ability to create a bit of motion on the stills (pan very slowly, zoom in or out, etc.) and intersperse them with digital video.

Any suggestions?

I don't even know what kind of application is called...

I'm using WinXP, BTW.
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Unfortunately I don't have a clue what's out there for Windows, but I'd bet that what you saw on that Mac was iMovie and maybe a bit of QuickTime Pro. iMovie comes bundled with Macs (along with iTunes, iDvd and some other apps), Quicktime Pro is a relatively inexpensive upgrade to plain ol', free Quicktime, which is available for Windows as well as the MacOS. You might find something via VersionTracker.

   
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
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Clayton,

I'm not sure of the pans/zooms, but I'd have a look at Windows MovieMaker for starters. It has the advantages of being:

- Free
- Able to do the other things you're after, and
- There already since you're using XP

   
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:14 AM   #4
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I want the ability to create a bit of motion on the stills (pan very slowly, zoom in or out, etc.)
That technique is often referred to as the "Ken Burns Effect", so you might look for that in the features list, if you find an application that interests you.

Sorry, I can't help you in choosing an application--I'm on Mac, and I don't do video, but I'd second the VersionTracker.com idea. No doubt others here will give you some good ideas.

   
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I'm obviously biased, but you might take a look at Premiere Elements from Adobe.
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:37 AM   #6
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Clayton, it sounds like you're looking for the Ken Burns effect. Many slideshow / video programs for the home user offer that. Apart from Premiere Elements, which probably offers that, Ulead gets good reviews on the Windows side. Take a look at CD/DVD PictureShow 4? I'm pretty sure it's that title or one very, very close. It is supposed to handle videos and stills, and is fairly inexpensive.

   
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What on earth is "the Ken Burns effect" (and who is/was Ken Burns, assuming that's a person)?

   
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marjolein: (and who is/was Ken Burns, assuming that's a person)
He is a US documentary film maker...probably his most well known documentary in the US is The Civil War where he used still images to great effect...see the wikipedia article on Ken Burns...

Oh...and the Ken Burns Effect is to slowly zoom and/or pan a still photograph...

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Old 02-15-2008, 07:34 PM   #9
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I'm obviously biased, but you might take a look at Premiere Elements from Adobe.
Well, yes. Adobe does rule! (Except for DTP, that is.)

I"ll surf on over there and take a look at it, as well as at the other items that others mentioned here.

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Clayton,

I'm not sure of the pans/zooms, but I'd have a look at Windows MovieMaker for starters. It has the advantages of being:

- Free
- Able to do the other things you're after, and
- There already since you're using XP

Stevie, you've done it again! That's EXACTLY what I was looking for as a start-up! And as old SS used to say, "That's cheap at half the price."

And it's been sitting in my Start menu for years...
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